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Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it. Read critic reviews

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Pardoned by the president, a lucky turkey (Owen Wilson) named Reggie gets to live a carefree lifestyle, until fellow fowl Jake (Woody Harrelson) recruits him for a history-changing mission. Jake and Reggie travel back in time to the year 1621, just before the first Thanksgiving. The plan: Prevent all turkeys from ever becoming holiday dinners. Unfortunately, the two birds encounter colonist Myles Standish (Colm Meaney), out to capture feathered friends for all the hungry Pilgrims.

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Owen Wilson
Reggie
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Amy Poehler
Jenny
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George Takei
S.T.E.V.E.
Voice
Colm Meaney
Myles Standish
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Keith David
Chief Broadbeak
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Dan Fogler
Governor Bradford
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Jimmy Hayward
Ranger, President
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Kaitlyn Maher
President's Daughter
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Carlos Ponce
Narrator, Alejandro
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Danny Carey
Danny
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Jeff Biancalana
General Sagan
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Robert Beltran
Chief Massasoit
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Scott Mosier
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Jimmy Hayward
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Aron Warner
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John J. Strauss
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David I. Stern
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Dominic Lewis
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Kevin R. Adams
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  • Anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle.

    December 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags.

    November 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Surely Owen Wilson can do a lot better than a slipshod animation about time travelling turkeys?

    November 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film does boast an appealing buddy pairing in Wilson and Harrelson, a dash of conceptual originality, and some genuinely funny jokes.

    November 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's weirdly confusing and structurally unsound, though no more so than any film about time travel, including Looper and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It is, however, enjoyable, with some funny lines.

    November 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The script is furiously unfunny - in the 17th century part of the story we get a 'my wife's cooking' joke, which certainly feels like it belongs there ...

    November 28, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 03, 2014
    It's understandable that pretty much everyone absolutely hated this film, the main reasons being: its premise is laughably horrible, it isn't politically correct, and many find it humorless. I understand these points, and many of them are valid, but I think some credit is due to this holiday film. Though a lot of this is slipshod, there were a lot of great jokes. The humor in this is really great, blending jokes for both adults and children alike. It's really precocious in its handling of the material and made me laugh a good many times. Between those jokes, however, are really offensive depictions of Thanksgiving era turkeys as Native Americans, complete with feathers behind their heads and war paint on their faces. The premise, well executed in most of the film, still leaves some giant plot holes and a whole lot of unneeded absurdity. The worst of this is evidenced by the fact that the Pilgrims are presented as villains who blame the turkeys for their many misfortunes. The turkeys are actually to blame, since this is a kid's movie, but how do the humans know this? It's great for kids, because it's at least funny, but it's not intelligently presented.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2014
    A mediocre, run-of-the-mill animation destined to be rapidly forgotten by everyone, not only for being mostly unfunny and full of clichés but also because it holds few to no surprises, making sure that every joke is explained and leaving almost nothing to our imagination.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2014
    Another uninspired and generic CG movie that doesn't really offer anything new, outside of the fact that I don't remember seeing any film of this type focus so heavily on the concept of time travel. There's more of a focus on it during the climax, where you get to see multiple versions of Reggie, all of whom traveled back in time to warn Reggie about the fate of the flock if he didn't go back to the year 1621, or whenever it was. I realize it's not something THAT impressive, but it is something that sets this film apart from others of this type. That's about it really, I can't think of much else that I enjoyed about the film. The voice acting is incredibly uninspired, it may not simply have been a paycheck for all involved, but that's the feeling I got from it. It's not particularly funny either, so there's no real purpose for you to really watch this movie. The film is pretty inoffensive, in that it's not offensive to all your senses, it's not horrifically terrible, but there are some pretty offensive racial stereotypes with the telenovela Reggie watches as the pardoned turkey. Every negative latin lover stereotype you've ever seen and then some. Thankfully it only comprises a small percentage of the film, so it's not so bad. I really can't recall much of the film. It's along the same quality of The Nut Job, this slightly edges it out as I think it has marginally better animation. Though the humans' facial animations are a little lacking and dull. Not much to say about this film, not very good, but it could've been much worse. It could've been Cars 2 or Shark Tale. It has its moments, but there are not nearly enough of them to save this film and to keep it from obscurity. I realize this review was as uninspired as the movie that inspired it, but there's really not much to say about this film. Other than you'd be best served watching something else. Anything else really.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
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